Emphatically, Yes.

The first time I heard the song, immediately my eyes filled with tears. The words are just so arresting. No matter how many times I hear them their striking simplicity caresses my soul, fills my heart with euphoric optimism so strong that I can barely contain the explosion within. Regardless of how my day has gone or how much has gone wrong in it, when I hear this composition it reminds me of the many ways in which the Holy Spirit inspires mankind. And, I am confident that The Father gave this melodic masterpiece to the world. In my view it spotlights the true meaning of Christmas, and at minimum, casts shadows of doubt on the wisdom in agreeing with vastly contrasting worldly views of the season.

Appropriately, it was written for a Christmas program by Mark Lowry in 1984, the music was written by Buddy Greene. It was sung first by the choir it was written for, in 1992 it was released on a debut album by Michael English, an American Christian singer, and in 1993 Country music artist, Kathy Mattea recorded the song, “Mary Did You Know?” on her Christmas album. Many times throughout the year, and especially during the Christmas season, the song echoes around the rooms in our home. I cannot get enough of hearing it.

The overriding query to Mary throughout the song may have been rhetorical; however, scripturally speaking, the answer to the question is a resounding YES! She knew.

 “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.”             (Luke 1:26-35)

Still, the words are beautiful and I feel the question should be asked. For anyone who doubts, it may well be just the vehicle by which a thought-provoking journey is begun that will lead them back to The Father, Jesus, and Queen of Heaven and Earth so that one of them will explain it face-to-face.

Here are the words to the song:

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy
Would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy
Would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy
Has come to make you new;
This Child that you delivered
Will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy
Will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy
Will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know that your Baby Boy
Has walked where Angels trod?
When you kiss your Little Baby,
You kiss the Face of God!

Oh, Mary, did you know?
Oh, Mary, did you know?

The blind will see, the deaf will hear,
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
The praises of the lamb!

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy
Will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your Baby Boy
Is Heaven’s Perfect Lamb?
This sleeping Child you’re holding
Is the Great I Am!

It’s a feast to the senses to watch the video of Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd’s version:

Mary Did You Know

7 thoughts on “Emphatically, Yes.

  1. I am very glad that you enjoyed the video. The music and words, (and images in this video when I watch it), cause my heart to swell in appreciation for all that the Blessed Mother has undergone for the love of God, her Son, and us. May God Bless you always.

  2. Hello! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects? Thanks!

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